29th March 2020

For the third consecutive year, Richard Huish College is shortlisted for TES Sixth Form College of the Year

Principal John Abbott with Huish Students in the recently opened Maple Arts Centre

Richard Huish College is delighted to have been shortlisted for the prestigious TES Sixth Form College of the Year award for the third year running. The Times 2018 Further Education Awards celebrate the dedication and expertise of colleges who make a significant contribution to improving the skill levels of young people and adult learners. Winning an award, or even being shortlisted, is a fantastic accolade, rewarding the hard work and achievements of staff and students. Being recognised in this way for the third year running makes the achievement even more exceptional, highlighting the consistent ability of Huish to perform at the very highest standard.

The ‘Ofsted Outstanding’ College, on South Road, Taunton, is the only Sixth Form College in the South West of England to be shortlisted and is up against seven other finalists bidding for the title.

The Sixth Form College of the Year Award recognises Sixth Form Colleges that epitomise the qualities which make the sector so distinctive; excellence in 16-18 education, quality of teaching and learning as well as student outcomes. They also look for colleges who are reaching out to other institutions, with a commitment to sharing good practice and raising achievement more widely. Richard Huish College, through The Huish Trust, works with The Taunton Academy and a number of local primary schools to provide a wide range of opportunities to ensure all students make the most of learning and is using its expertise to raise the quality of the student’s experience and attainment.

Finalists were announced on Friday 15th December and the winner will be revealed at a high profile gala awards ceremony at The Grosvenor House Hotel, London, on Friday 23rd February 2018. Huish will be featured in The Times in the run up to the awards ceremony.

Principal John Abbott said: “We are extremely proud to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award for the third year running. To be a finalist with so many other top Sixth Form Colleges is in itself a huge achievement that is down to the students’ hard work and the commitment from all the staff at Huish. As a non-selective college, what we are most proud of at Huish is our ability to work with students and help them achieve results beyond their expectations. To win would be well deserved recognition for all members of the Huish community.”

Integral to the nomination for the award is Huish’s multi-million pound investment in extending and enhancing the facilities for students. The past two years has seen the completion of a two-storey building for the specialist teaching of Art, Graphic Design and IT, a purpose built Boarding House and a state of the art Sports Hall and Gym. The College has also secured further funding for a brand new Music Centre, building of which has just begun. This will be completed by September 2018.

Richard Huish College consistently achieves some of highest success rates in the country and is academically the highest performing College in the South West. Huish is also in the top performing 15% of all schools and colleges in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, for adding value to a students’ education. The College has 2,400 learners studying A Levels, Vocational, Apprenticeships and Traineeships, Degrees and Professional Accountancy.